By: James Erlbacher
Where is it Grown?
Alfalfa is grown worldwide as a food source for livestock and medicine. The US is the largest producer. The leading producing state is California.
Alfalfa should be cut at bud stage the first time and at flowering the rest of the time. It can be cut upwards of 10 times in a summer.
Alfalfa is used like hay in most cases. First, It is cut. Then, it is raked into windrows (if the mower didn't put it in rows) and it dries. Finally, it is bailed in square or round bails.
Alfalfa harvesting has been improved by the introduction of the mower-conditioner. It crimps the end to help speed up the drying process.
Medicines (especially for digestive tract)
Animal feed (especially dairy cows)
- Alfalfa was domesticated 6,000 years ago
- George Washington grew alfalfa
- Used in medicines
- People eat alfalfa sprouts
2 Important Facts
Used for Hay